USD/JPY Analysis: For the First Time This Year, the Rate Exceeds 149 Yen Per Dollar

FXOpen

The reason for the stable trend, as we have repeatedly pointed out, is the difference in the monetary policy of the USA and Japan. Inflation in Japan has been above 2% for more than a year, and the media are increasingly publishing expert opinions that the Bank of Japan will raise short-term interest rates from the current -0.1% at the end of this year. However, today Reuters published the opinion of Mr. Makoto Sakurai, the former head of the Bank of Japan. According to him:
→ the Bank of Japan may delay ending negative interest rates until around April next year;
→ the abolition of negative rates, which have been in place since 2016, will not harm the economy;
→ uncertainty about the economic prospects of the United States and China also gives the Bank of Japan a reason to delay raising rates, Sakurai added.

That is, the existing gap in monetary policy may continue for another six months, which will push the USD/JPY rate higher and higher. And it is not surprising that, as the chart shows, today the rate exceeded 149 yen per US dollar for the first time in a year, further increasing the likelihood of reaching the psychological level of 150 yen.

Wherein:
→ before breaking through the level of 148.5 yen, the price tested the level of 147.5. Judging by the rapid recovery on September 22, demand has confidently outstripped supply;
→ the price has reached the upper limit of the ascending channel - it is permissible to assume that demand will weaken, as the bulls will want to take profit. Moreover, the RSI indicator shows it is overbought;
→ the weakening demand is facilitated by fears that exceeding the level of 150 yen will force the Ministry of Finance to intervene (as it did last fall).

If we witness even verbal concern from the Japanese financial authorities, this could rapidly lower the rate at the lower border of the channel shown by the blue lines.

Trade over 50 forex markets 24 hours a day with FXOpen. Take advantage of low commissions, deep liquidity, and spreads from 0.0 pips. Open your FXOpen account now or learn more about trading forex with FXOpen.

This article represents the opinion of the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand only. It is not to be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation with respect to products and services provided by the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand, nor is it to be considered financial advice.

Latest from Forex Analysis

Market Analysis: AUD/USD and NZD/USD Set Sights on Additional Upside The US Dollar Is Weakening Following Inflation Data Dollar Adjusts After the Publication of Inflation Data in the US Market Analysis: EUR/USD Sees Green as USD/JPY Gains Bullish Traction GBP/USD Analysis: Pound Recovers After the Bank of England Decision

Latest articles

Financial Market News

Weekly Market Wrap With Gary Thomson: S&P500, US Dollar, Gold Price, PEP Stocks

Get he latest scoop on the week's hottest headlines, all in one convenient video. Join Gary Thomson, the COO of FXOpen UK, as he breaks down the most significant news reports and shares his expert insights. Read the latest news

Commodities

The Price of Silver Has Reached Its Highest Level in Over Three Years

As indicated by the XAG/USD chart today, the intraday price of silver reached $29.84 per ounce yesterday, while the previous yearly high on 12 April was $29.79. The last time this price was seen was in February

What Is the Wolfe Wave, and How Can You Trade It?
Trader’s Tools

What Is the Wolfe Wave, and How Can You Trade It?

The Wolfe Waves is a powerful chart pattern recognised for analysing potential price reversals. Named after Bill Wolfe, who developed this formation through extensive trading practice, Wolfe Waves provide traders with a structured approach to anticipate market movements. In this

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 60% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.